2016 Chappellet "Signature" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1385032 96 points Jeb Dunnuck

 I was able to taste three wines from Chappellet. Starting with the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Signature, it sports a vivid purple color as well as a stunningly pure bouquet of crème de cassis, vanilla oak, spice box, and graphite. Deep, full-bodied, with incredible purity of fruit, this beauty has no hard edges, offering beautiful overall balance and a great finish. As with most 2016s, it has a certain accessibility and upfront charm, but it will be even better with short-term cellaring and keep for two decades. This beauty is worthy of a multi-case purchase.  (1/2019)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Signature has a very deep garnet-purple color and opens with wonderfully expressive notes of warm cassis, baked plums, black raspberries and kirsch with suggestions of underbrush, lilacs and chocolate box. Medium to full-bodied, the palate reveals layers of red and black berries with stunning freshness and an approachable, grainy texture, finishing long and earthy. (LPB) 96+  (10/2018)

95 points Decanter

 Earlier this year on their 50th Anniversary, the Chappellet family opened a few of the last remaining bottles of their 1969 Cabernet, and its intoxicating aroma and fragile beauty were show stopping. Situated on the rolling mountain slopes of Pritchard Hill, the Chappellet vineyards always yield Cabernets of intense personality. They are dark, savory, sexy wines redolent of tobacco, old leather, sandalwood, woodsmoke, and exotic spices. And although they are powerful structurally, winemaker Phillip Corallo-Titus is a master of coaxing out a certain plushness. Needless to say, the wine is a steal. Drinking Window 2019 - 2040 (KM)  (10/2019)

93 points Vinous

 Chappellet's 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Signature is powerful, dense and super-expressive. Mocha, bittersweet chocolate, spice, new leather and menthol wrap around a core of beautifully layered, dark-fleshed fruit. Ample, creamy and resonant on the palate, the 2016 has a lot to offer. Best of all, the Signature remains one of the very finest values readers will find in Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. (AG)

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By: Gary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/1/2018 | Send Email
Early reports suggest that 2016 will trail only 2013 for the strongest Napa vintage of the decade and this year's release of Chappellet's Signature appears to confirm those rumblings. It's open-knit and drinkable now, but also has the scaffolding to age gracefully for another 10+ years. Highly pointed, top vintage Napa Cabs for less than $100 are virtually extinct these days. Savvy buyers will grab a case of this one.

By: James Bradshaw | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/1/2018 | Send Email
Ka-pow! This is a dark, inky beast! Ripe, fleshy, juicy, and wonderfully expressive, it is an absolute thrill ride. There's so much going on here, it's hard to know where to start. Blackberry compote, cherry liqueur, espresso bean, vanilla, and toasted marshmallow all make an appearance. Its tannins are folded in perfectly, making for a soft and supple delivery. Chappellet is consistently a favorite out of Napa and they did not disappoint with this gorgeous 2016. If you are looking for a pop-and-pour (although a decant is recommended), this is a great candidate. The "Signature" will also age quite beautifully for another ten to twenty. Anyone who loves them big and bold will want to get onboard here.

By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/1/2018 | Send Email
One of the best wines in all of Napa Valley for the money the 2016 Chappellet Signature Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is an outstanding wine with the pedigree to match. Coming from an area that routinely produces 100pt wines and Cult Cabernets the Chappellet signature Cabernet Sauvignon is a knockout. Black cherry, bitter chocolate and spice box aromas seamlessly shift to a palate bursting with blackberry and cassis fruit. Velvety tannins and a rich, mocha-laced finish make this an irresistible wine.
Top Value! Drink from 2018 to 2058

By: Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/1/2018 | Send Email
The 2016 Signature Cab is a knock out! The inky dark purple color is followed by aromas of graphite and blackberries. In the mouth, this deep, rich Cab is loaded with flavors of blueberry, black cherry, coco powder, vanilla bean and mocha. Tannins are firm but integrated, while the finish lingers on for a good 30 seconds. This wine should really come together in a cellar and drink well over the next 10-15 years!

By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/1/2018 | Send Email
Napa's best high-end value is back in what should be a landmark vintage. Powerful aromas of deep blackberry, asphalt, and fine vanilla portray an imposing wine, but the palate is very pure and fresh with plenty of acidity and copious flavors of black cherry and ripe red plum, with hints of chocolate. It shows great presence and texture along with a mouthwatering finish that just begs for food to accompany it. This is another great success and highlights why savvy collectors should look to go long on 2016 in Napa. This deserves a long decant now, but will probably be best in given three years in a cellar and will drink well for the following fifteen with ease.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5